This really sucks...the barn I ride at is probably going to have to close down due to financial reasons.
The worst thing about this is that there is probably nothing me or my two friends can really do about it...
I suppose it would be easy to just say to move to another barn, but the thing is, I don't want to. This is the best barn I have ever been at. Okay, sure, the facilities aren't the best (stables are run down and only used to feed the horses; arenas, fences and gates aren't great; 'tack room' is in our instructors house) and the horses aren't always at the healthiest weight, but the things we have learnt there and the fun we always have...
The absolute best part is our two instructors. They both live at the barn, so they are always there. We treat them like second parents even though they are only about 10 years older than us. Their one year old son is like a brother to us. When they teach us they go at a pace that we are comfortable with, they know exactly when to push us a little and when we are ready to move up a level. In short, they are the best instructors ever.
Now if they have to close down - which they might have to because they won't be able to afford to feed their 13 horses - then us three girls won't have anywhere to go. Already so many children have left to go to fancier riding schools where they push you to jump 1 metre in 1 week! And there is no way that we are going to those riding schools because all they care about is how high you are jumping in how short a period of time. They just want as many people jumping high as possible. Its all just $$$ for them.
And yes, I understand that riding schools are meant to make lots of $$$ so they are able to teach more people how to ride. But these riding schools have absolutely no feeling for you as an individual. They see you as a machine that will earn them money and fame.
I know not all of you are going to agree with me loving this barn so much. If you don't agree, please explain why you don't, because I'd just like to know and get to know other people's opinions about this.
Also, to add, us three girls are starting fund raisers for our barn. We are so determined to keep our barn open that we are holding mini 'pony camps' at the one girl's farm (she has her own horses their but she still rides at this barn we are trying to save) where children can come and learn about horses. We then give all the money we raised from these camps and give it to our instructors.
Our instructors have told us that "if" they do close down, they are just going to keep us three and carry on training us. I'm really happy about this, but it will not be the same. They will still have to sell a lot of the horses and maybe even move to another place.
Just when things are going so well, like going to Nationals and everything (may I just add that at least one of our instructors if not both have been to every single show we have been going to
) it all starts to fall apart...